By all means, when you visit Greece, you must taste one of these. They are starring in menus in all Greek taverns and restaurants. They are camouflaged under a variety of names. They are called “Appetizers”, “Salads”, “Dips” and perhaps even more. Meet the 4 most known Greek dips!
Maybe the most famous Greek dip of all times. It is made with another five star Greek product, our yogurt. The best tzatziki is made with full fat strained Greek yogurt. It has garlic, so it’s a little spicy, but it also has cucumber and it’s refreshing at the same time. We consume tons of it every year, and so will you. It can be combined with all kinds of meat but also with French fries. Sometimes the most simple flavor combinations are the best of all.
“Melitzanosalata” (Aubergine dip)
Velvet flavor of grill baked aubergines with onions, garlic extra virgin olive oil and vinegar. It is a special dip, when it’s handmade it is really delicious, when it’s not it’s just ok, so ask before you order. The grilled aubergines give the dip a smoked flavor and you can’t really stay with one bite. It is also combined with meat dishes, but you can easily vanish it with just some fresh bread. Whether you are an aubergine “friend” or not, you will absolutely love “melitzanosalata”.
“Taramosalata” (Fish roe salad)
Its basic ingredient is taramas, which is carp’s or other fish’ eggs. The preserved fish roe is mixed with olive oil, dry bread, onion and lemon juice until the result is creamy. The taste of this dip is irresistible. You have to try it at least once! It’s not typical in its ingredients, but the taste result will compensate you. Here in Greece, we consume it mostly in the feast of the orthodox Pascha.
“Tirokafteri” (Hot cheese dip)
Another famous dip of Greece, which you can’t surpass. It is made with hot pepper, grill or oven baked, and the other 5 star Greek product; Feta cheese. It has a rich taste and a saltiness that only makes you want more. It can also be found as a souvlaki ingredient, wrapped in bread pie. It is perfectly combined with potato chips and bread, but also oily and meat dishes. It has a mild hotness in taste, due to the pepper, but not something extraordinary.
As you have already read, it would be a mistake not to taste at least two of these dips. They smell Greece, they have no other choice but to be handmade, and they combine typical flavors of Greece, that you have to take with you as memories.
A typical Greek dinner starts with the appetizers, so will you!
Enjoy Greek Gastronomy